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Title: Walt Whitman to Edward Carpenter, 27 November [1877]

Date: November 27, 1877

Source: The transcription presented here is derived from Walt Whitman, The Correspondence, ed. Edwin Haviland Miller (New York: New York University Press, 1961–1977), 3:103. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Location: The Trent Collection of Walt Whitman Manuscripts, Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library

Whitman Archive ID: duk.00743

Contributors to digital file: Alicia Bones, Elizabeth Lorang, Anthony Dreesen, and Kevin McMullen

Camden New Jersey1
U S America
Nov 27

Your card of Nov 13 rec'd—have to-day mailed Mr Vines'2 books—Your card of a week or ten days previous rec'd—Many & sincere thanks—

I still keep pretty well, & every thing goes on with me much as usual—Geo: Stafford has been very ill with hemorrhages from the stomach (hematemesis) but is over it, & out, though feeble3—the rest well—the Gilchrists are all well—Mrs G is here with us in Camden today to dinner4—We often speak of you—



1. This letter bears the address: Edward Carpenter | Cobden Road | Chesterfield | Derbyshire | England. It is postmarked: Camden | Nov | 27 | N.J.;(?) | De 10 | 77. [back]

2. On this date Whitman sent the 1876 edition to Sidney H. Vines, a lecturer at Christ's College, Cambridge (Whitman's Commonplace Book, Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.). [back]

3. See Whitman's November 11, 1877 letter to Anne Gilchrist. [back]

4. Whitman also mentioned this visit in his Commonplace Book. [back]


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